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Program Assistance in the Visual Arts

Grants to Manitoba Nonprofits and Collectives to
Present and Interpret Contemporary Visual Art Projects

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Manitoba Arts Council (MAC)

Deadline Date:

04/05/18 Received or Postmarked


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Manitoba nonprofits and artists' collectives to present contemporary art to the public. All visual arts disciplines are eligible, including design, craft, architecture, and media arts. Grants will support publications, artists' fees, and contracted professional consultations.

The Council’s priority is on the payment of artists’ fees and basic costs essential to the presentation of work by professional artists.

The primary criterion in the assessment of applications is artistic merit. Consideration is also given to the following criteria:
- Benefit to the artists involved
- Impact on and benefit to the artistic community
- Impact on and benefit to the public
- Collaboration
- Level of artistic risk involved
- Degree to which the art form is advanced
- Degree to which the programming fits the mandate of the organization.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153820

Estimated Size of Grant:

$7,500 (maximum per project)
$30,000 (maximum total grant)

Artist-Run Centres/Collectives/Small Groups
$6,000 (maximum per project)
$25,000 (maximum total grant)

$6,000 (maximum per project)
$15,000 (maximum total grant)

Other: Organizations receiving operating support from either the Province of Manitoba or a major institution such as a university.
$6,000 (maximum per project)
$20,000 (maximum total grant)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are not-for-profit corporations registered in Manitoba and collectives/small groups who:
- Have as an ongoing program or primary purpose to present or exhibit contemporary art to the general public
- Pay exhibition fees to artists in accordance with the CARFAC Recommended Minimum Exhibition Fee Schedule
- Demonstrate the capacity to originate projects and present contemporary art in a professional manner
- Ensure that the program seeks to broaden the interest and understanding of contemporary art
- Accompany activities with interpretive materials, lectures, panel discussions, and workshops (where possible)
- Ensure that exhibition spaces fulfill minimum requirements for security and environmental control (where possible)
- Maintain sound management and financial controls.

Individuals / Groups / Collectives / Ensembles must be:
- Professional artists
- Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
- Residents of Manitoba

Organizations must be:
- Professional arts organizations
- Incorporated in Manitoba
- Based in Manitoba
- Operating as a not-for-profit

Please note: Organizations receiving operating support
from the Manitoba Arts Council are not eligible for this

Pre-Application Information:

Groups with major costs are encouraged to show a significant confirmed contribution from other sources.

The application and support material must be submitted together and received or postmarked on or before the deadline.
Note: Hard copies of applications and funding agreements must be dropped off or sent by mail. The Manitoba Arts Council does not accept faxed or emailed applications and funding agreements. Applications must be signed.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To contact a staff member:

(204) 945-2237
Toll free 1-866-994-2787

Manitoba Arts Council
525-93 Lombard Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3B1

Office Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday; closed for lunch from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. There is a 5th floor hallway drop-box for delivery of grant materials outside of business hours. The main building doors are open from 7 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday.

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